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Secret Obsession: A Forbidden Love Novella Kindle Edition
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I’ve read my fair share of stepbrother romances recently, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this take on the genre. Being a novella it’s relatively short but nevertheless it’s still a good read.
Finn works on his family’s ranch, and he very much embodies everything a sexy cowboy should. When his mother re-marries he wasn’t expecting his new step-sister to move in too. But fed up of school Raven moves in for the summer and with their parents newly married she has to sleep in the room just down the hall from him. With a dancer’s body and that glint in her eye Finn finds it hard to stay away from her.
When their desire for one another becomes too much and they finally give in to their desire, there’s no stopping them any longer. Trying to keep their affair a secret whilst living in the same house as their parents is hard enough but as their feelings for one another grow they soon become reluctant to hide their feelings for much longer. But what will their relationship cost them and their parents?
This book was a good, easy read and as a novella its a fairly quick read. The chemistry between Finn and Raven is indeed very steamy and I really loved the cowboy element to the book. My only issue was the ending where they encounter a problem in their relationship but then it skips to the epilogue without detailing how the problem was fixed and often that’s my favourite part of the story. Other than this though Secret Obsession was another great stepbrother romance.
Finn has been the man about the house since his father passed away and now that his mother has remarried he doesn’t like feeling pushed out or pushed over. Which is exactly what his mother does when springing on him that her new husbands daughter Raven is going to be staying with them for the summer and she has to stay on his side of the house instead of the guest room near her bedroom. His mother feels that because she is still a newly wed that she still needs a bit more privacy. Understandably he is annoyed and doesn’t like that his space is going to be invaded. This all changes though the moment he sees her dancing around her room in skimpy clothing from the gap in the joining bathrooms door.
Raven has run away from her problems. After finding out her boyfriend was pretty much banging the whole of her dance group she needed to get away to regroup. The last thing she wants to do is get caught up with some other guy but this all changes the moment she sees her new step-brother, her thoughts kind of stop short. He catches her dancing around her room which she might have felt embarrassed at if she hadn’t have been so distracted by the fact that he was shirtless and had muscled body models would dream of.
From their first bumpy encounter they seem to just stay out of each other’s way. Seems to be the best course of action for Finn, as all he really wants to do is jump her the moment he sees her – he just doesn’t realise that is just the same for her. When he spots her in his local bar that seems to change a bit. When Raven sees Finn in all his cowboy gear in the bar she all but wolf whistles in his presence – he is like a wet dream come to life. Wanting to find a way to get closer to her, or just see how her hips move, he convinces her to go on the mechanical bull. After saying “I’m a cowboy, baby. There’s nothing I can’t ride” this all but makes Raven melt so she bets he can’t stay on for long – if he does longer than she will give it a try. Clearly he is pro and she soon sees herself up on its back and its not long before Finn gets on behind her. The feel of him that close to her is almost too much and then with the cold shoulder he gives her afterwards she almost thinks she miss read the chemistry between them.
This all changes the moment she gets a flat tire and Finn is the one who happens to come along to help. All alone on the road fate seems to be throwing them a chance to be together and you know that with the sexual tension that has been building for so long between them they won’t be able to hold out much longer – which they don’t ;). But being together has its risks and they have to wonder whether their secret obsession with each other is worth it in the end or will it all end in tears.
Aside from a few grammar errors and the fact that a characters name changed from one page to the next (Sandy to Sally) it was a good fun read for a lazy afternoon.
I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
When Rayven returns home for the summer she meets her new stepbrother, Finn. Neither are happy with their parents marriage and the last thing they want to do is play nice; but when they find themselves spending time together, there’s no denying the attraction between them. But what will happen once their parents find out what has been going on between the two? What kind of scandal will it become in the small town, and is it worth it if Rayven is just going to turn around and go back to school?
One of the biggest issues I had with the book is that it needs some editing work. While the proofreading was fine, there were some issues with confusing sentence structure and well, things that were just, weird…for lack of a better word.
"There was a large red barn off to the right, and then acres of nothing for miles around."
Secret Obsession is a very fast read and unfortunately its brevity leads to a lack of depth. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, but the storyline is largely predictable. If you’re looking for a quick semi-taboo romance, give this one a try; it just wasn’t really my cup of tea. This was my first book by this author, and while it wasn’t a hit with me, I’d definitely pick up another of hers.
Finn was the type of man that dreams were made of. A charming country boy. Handsome, hard working and loved his mama.
A freak in the sheets.
Raven knew he was everything she wanted. But he was her secret.
Raven was supposed to be off limits. Forbidden. (Goodreads blurb)
Alright, I’ll come right out and admit it, stepbrother-type novels are my guilty pleasures. They can be dark, gritty and all around sexy as all heck!! For sure Olivia Linden’s Secret Obsession does not disappoint one bit. Finn surprised me, although at the same time I had an inkling of an alpha somewhere from the way he reacted to his mother’s news of a stepsister moving in. As for Raven, her sweet disposition is perfect for Finn, the Ying for his Yang. As their attraction to each other intensifies, can they continue hiding it from their parents and friends? Will they be able to accept it? Mind blowing and captivating, I enjoyed every minute I spent with this novel and cannot wait to read another of Ms Linden’s novel.
**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Kathleen for Alpha Book Club**
You just had to love Finn, a good ole country boy. Quiet he kept to himself. He wasn't a womanizer or a partier. He did his work and then pretty much kept to himself. He just couldn't keep away from Raven. Raven was sweet, quiet and in some way a little unsure of herself. Everything about Finn just drew her closer until she couldn't resist anymore. Knowing their parents wouldn't be to happy if they knew what was going on. They had to keep what was between them a secret. As emotions and feelings build maybe it would be better if it wasn't a secret. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.